National Novel Writing Month, shortened as NaNoWriMo (na-noh-ry-moh) is an annual Internet-based creative writing project that takes place every November. NaNoWriMo challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel between November 1 and 30. It accepts entries from around the world. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to get people writing, no matter how bad the writing is, through the end of a first draft. The idea is that many people are scared to start writing because it won't be any good, and if there's a time to celebrate length, rather than quality, more people will write an entire first draft, which they can then proceed to edit if they wish.
November 1st will be here soon and once again I am contemplating joining in the competition. Only the first time of three attempts over the last three years was I successful in writing within the one month time frame the entire 50,000 words needed for completion. A digital image of my certificate is stored somewhere on my computer's hard drive, and also on a couple of memory sticks.
I also saved the novel. But it's poorly written. Not really a 'novel' at all; it's a hodge-podge of way too many unrelated sentences and paragraphs thrown together into artificial chapters. It stinks. If I knew where it is stored, I would go to it right this instant and delete, delete, delete.
One good thing came out of the first year's project, though. A fellow writer that I like to call my dear friend purchased and mailed to me a set of NaNoWriMo memorabilia as an incentive for me to persevere. One of the pieces of the set was a sturdy, thick coffee mug emblazoned with the NaNoWriMo logo on its side. I still have it and still drink my coffee from it every morning.
But . . .
I hate the idea of NaNoWriMo, and I hate the process, every single day of it. Which is thoroughly understandable because I have hated bowing to the dictates of any authority figure all throughout my lifetime... even when the 'authority' was myself.
But I am almost convinced that I am going to do it again this year.
Pretty sure . . .
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1. Swollen; distended. Used of a body part or organ.
2. Of a bulging shape; protuberant.
3. Overblown; bombastic: tumid political prose.
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